Chili + Salsa Information


  • Any business, restaurant/caterer, service group or individual may enter the Great Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting.
  • Entry fee covers a team of no more than 4 people. Additional helpers need to pay admission fee.
  • Entry fee is for one team and one category of the four: meat chili, vegetarian chili, traditional salsa, fruit salsa.
    Extra categories require an additional fee of $10 each.

Cooking Details

  • We suggest teams pre-make 10-12 gallons of chili or 3 gallons of salsa to bring to the site, or prepare on site.
  • Chili must be kept hot (165 degrees) on an outside grill or cooker and served from one SMALL, modern electric stove, crock pot or chafing dish at your booth.
  • Maximum electrical output is 5 amps. Please confirm as large/multiple crock pots will blow fuses.
  • No gas burners or fumes inside the building, however you may set these up outside and have your teammates bring batches inside for the crock pot.
  • We offer a discount of $10 for chili cooks only using Sterno requiring no electricity. No Sterno discount for salsa.
  • The outside circle wall of Herzog Hall is reserved for teams who want to hang a banner behind them.
    Ask for inner circle if you don’t need a wall. All Salsa and all Sterno users will be on the inside circles.
  • Challengers must bring all their own supplies. We suggest: 2oz. plastic taster cups available from restaurant suppliers, spoons, chips, napkins, table cloth, etc.
  • We provide one 3’x8′ table and 4 chairs. You can bring your own table of equivalent size.
  • Only ONE table or space per team. Space is at a premium.

Entry Fees

  • Business/Restaurant/Caterer fee: $75
    Service Organization or Individual fee: $65
  • Base fees are for a single item category: Meat chili, Vegetarian Chili, Traditional Salsa, Fruit Salsa.
  • Your team can enter in multiple categories with a $10 fee for each extra item you’d like to make.
  • There is a $10 discount for waiving access to electricity for your Chili by using Sterno with chafing dishes.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable and apply solely to the current year.

Payment Options

  • COMPLETE REGISTRATION FIRST.  Register first, then pay your fee to secure your spot. Complete both steps to fully register.
  • Click HERE to secure your spot with Visa or MC credit card.
    Enter the discount code STERNO to receive $10 off for waiving access to electricity for your Chili.
    Make sure the payment name matches your team registration so we can properly credit your team.
  • Mail a check with “Chili Cook-Off” in the memo line to:
    Cinnabar Theater    3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA, 94952.
    Check signer should match payment name on registration so we can properly credit your team.
  • Pay online now or Call Cinnabar Theater with your credit card weekdays between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. (707) 763-8920

Space still available!

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